Federal Student Aid
General Student Aid InformationTo qualify for any sort of federal aid (Federal Work-Study, the Federal TEACH Grant, and/or federal loans), applicants must meet several requirements. Failure to meet these requirements may result in the loss of federal aid eligibility. In some cases, students may need to present proof of resolution to the Office of Financial Aid before any aid can be offered or disbursed. Contact us with questions, or visit the US Dept. of Ed.'s official federal aid eligibility website.
All students wishing to receive federal aid must meet and maintain the following criteria:
- File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include the TC Federal School Code (G03979) for each aid year that federal aid is needed
- Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Enroll at least half-time (six credit hours or the equivalent) for each term that federal aid is needed
- Be in a degree-seeking program; non-degree students are not eligible for federal aid
- Make satisfactory academic progress
- Remain in good standing with any past drug conviction issues
Note: It is important to complete your FAFSA for the correct aid year, as it is possible to complete two different FAFSAs, depending on the time of year you are applying for federal aid. For Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014, you will need to complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA. For Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015, you will need to complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA on or after January 1, 2014.
- www.studentloans.gov - Use this website to complete required Loan Entrance Counseling, the Electronic Master Promissory Notes (E-MPNs) and to apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.
- www.nslds.ed.gov - Students can complete the Exit Interview requirement and view both their grant and student loan history on this website. It is the Dept. of Ed.'s official database for viewing and managing your federal aid history.
- Before Disbursement: A student can cancel all or part of their federal loan(s) before the loan money is disbursed by submitting the aid-year appropriate Loan & Work Study Change Form.
- After Disbursement: A student can cancel all or part of their federal loan(s) by submitting the Return of Loan Funds Form (available in paper format only) to the Office of Financial Aid. This form must be completed in person within 14 days of the funds being credited to the student's account. If a refund is already paid to the student, the student must credit the amount to be returned back to the Office of Student Accounts before coming to the Office of Financial Aid to complete the form.
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